Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Aux Grands Hommes, La Patrie Reconnaissante


It seems that a guerrilla band infiltrated one of Paris's most famous monuments ... in order to restore its clock.

The Centre of National Monuments, embarrassed by the way the group entered the building so easily, did not take to the news kindly, taking legal action and replacing the administrator.

Getting into the building was the easiest part, according to Klausmann. The squad allowed themselves to be locked into the Panthéon one night, and then identified a side entrance near some stairs leading up to their future hiding place. "Opening a lock is the easiest thing for a clockmaker," said Klausmann. From then on, they sneaked in day or night under the unsuspecting noses of the Panthéon's officials.

"I've been working here for years," said a ticket officer at the Panthéon who wished to remain anonymous. "I know every corner of the building. And I never noticed anything."


Aux grands hommes, la patrie reconnaissante ...

Pour la petite histoire:
in 1977 I lived à deux pas du Panthéon at 214, rue des Médicis, the very place where Jean Calvin lived when he was a young student in theology. I went every day to write in the Café Soufflot, just down the rue Soufflot from the Panthéon, not far from where this picture may have been taken. Michel Foucault frequently took his lunch in the same café.

4 comments:

TexExile said...

Not so much a comment as a question for you and other readers: what can one CALL this sort of activity? In English or in French? Perhaps we need a contest to coin a good neologism for what is, in essence, a sort of anti-vandalism...

Quico said...

I propose Guerrilla Clockmaking

Not unlike http://www.guerrillagardening.org/

Anonymous said...

and Jean-Paul Sartre used to live just around the corner from there, as you can read in Les Mots.

Anonymous said...

^^ nice blog!! ^@^

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